Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sale Reminders

Hello, beautiful reader,

I love a good sale. Sometimes even if I don't really NEED it or I did not go to the store to purchase this particular thing, I'd end up buying  it. As long as I see -x-% off, -x- discount, buy 1 take -x-, -x- tag sale...
I wanted to share some of the things that I am careful with.

  • Is the packaging in good condition? NO to dented canned goods.
  • Is it sealed? Check for tampering.
  • Check the expiration date. For consumables, is the date too near that you can't finish it when the day comes.
  • Will I really be ABLE to use it regularly or will I probably use it only once and the price is not worth it?
  • If the establishment has both a supermarket and department store, checking on the prices of the two may save you a few bucks. Often, the price of an item is cheaper when bought at their supermarket as compared when buying it at their department store.
  • Don't be afraid to haggle to get extra freebie or discount.
  • I choose comfort over aesthetics so I can use an item for the long run.
  • For garments, I now don't mind buying a pricier one rather than a really cheap one. Because of the quality and because I feel like I am more respected and accommodated when wearing nice clothes. Also, most low end clothes are free size only (for slim girls) and thus cannot fit me.
  • Save the receipts.
These are important not just in buying food, make-up and skin care but in everything. But even if you are prudent you can't avoid some mishaps. Like when I bought a b1t1 cookie- I found out after I took it home that 1 of it had some holes like it was bitten by a rat. It was impossible to see it when you haven't removed the scotch tape they used to stick the two items together. 
There was this other time when I opened a toiletry for the first time I saw that it was expired because the liquid separates. No expiration date was written only that it should be used -x- months after it was first opened. I guess it was tested or smelled by somebody before.

So there you have it, those are the things that came to mind with this topic. I'm sure you have some tips too :)

Thanks for dropping by.
Peace, love.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

What to do when acne strikes

Hi there, beautiful reader!

I know having acne can really diminish one's self esteem. Especially when it seems you can't do anything about it 'cause it's in the GENES. Or when your hormones are to blame.

The most important step is to see a dermatologist ASAP. But these are some things which helped me get clearer skin when I have these nasties. Most are just lifestyle changes and free, especially if you can't go to the doctor in the meantime for whatever reason.
  1. Never sleep with dirty skin and make-up on.
  2. Go to bed early, before 10 pm and have at least 6-8 hours of ZZZs.
  3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to remove the toxins in the body, and for skin hydration.
  4. Change pillowcases and towels frequently, and sanitize things that come into contact with skin, e.g., I clean my phone with alcohol. 
  5. Clean make-up tools (puffs, brushes and sponges) at least weekly.
  6. Eat healthy and nutritious foods. Avoid junk foods, greasy and oily foods, chocolates and the like, take oatmeal (I add cinnamon and honey), lots of fruits and vegetables.
  7. Avoid using make-up but if you really have to, use non-comedogenic and ones with light formulation, and try mineral powder foundation.
  8. Avoid being too stressed out and make it a point to relax and unwind. Try writing a journal, go on vacation, etc.
  9. Look for acne-fighting products with sulfur, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, etc.
  10. Try making a face pack/mask made of oatmeal and honey or leave lemon juice with milk on face for few minutes.
  11. Don't pick but if you can't help but pop the pimple, make sure it's "ripe" and do it under sterile conditions. Better to do this at night. Clean your face and hands. Steaming also makes it easier. Use tools if necessary but sterilize them and most importantly squeeze til the BLOOD comes out. Then I dab on alcohol and  zit cream.
  12. Use warm water when washing at night (I think hot temp kills the bacteria and it opens pores for a deeper clean) and use ice cube in the morning to close pores.
  13. Take supplements for clearer skin, like Vitamin A,C,E, B, Zinc and the like but consult with GP if it's ok with you and if you have health issues.
  14. The skin is like a reflection on what is happening inside the body. Feel like it caused by irregular bowel movement? Get lots of fiber, try laxative, slimming teas or psyllium husk.
  15. Get anti- acne facials from a reputable clinic. I do this very rarely because I am scared of getting open pores but having a professional do it feels nice.
  16. Don't scrub when you have acne because it further irritates skin and spreads the bacteria.
  17. Works wonders for me- avoid putting moisturizer at night and just spot treat the pimples with medication, and use toner/astringent TWICE a day, morning and night.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. I should know. Pimples could heal in a few days but it's almost impossible to remove deep, pitted, crater scars.So those are my best, tried and tested tips. How about you, care to share any ideas?

Thanks for reading.
Love and peace!
Sending good vibes and wishing you gorgeous skin!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Imho The best soap for blemished, acne-prone skin is Derma

 The best anti-acne soap... according to my husband

--is Derma Sulfur soap by Swallow. Unfortunately, we think it is discontinued. Here in Metro Manila, Philippines, we can't find it in Mercury Drug or Hortaleza anymore. I met their rep while waiting in the doctor's clinic in a semi-private hospital and she said they still manufacture it but she can't sell to me when we contacted her. So this is the next best thing for him-original DERMA White Beauty Bar soap by JoToCo. He had severe acne as a teener, and a dermatologist from a public hospital prescribed him some fancy but mid-cost medications. When that didn't help, he RX'd the sulfur soap. Now, about this soap which comes in 3 colors- pink, green and white.

  • Cheap Php 43 for 100 gms
  • No irritating smell
  • Feels really clean after washing
  • Has a bit grainy, not slippery texture
  • Effective
  • Not easy to find
  • Can be blah not fancy packaging
My hubby uses my facial washes and soaps every now and then but he always returns to this. With so many cleansers available, and their promos and freebies, you could really try so many. Some will work for you, others won't. I have tried numerous brands, I usually like it when it's- number 1 whitening and number 2 anti-acne. It's tempting to switch often, but I also used this and I can say it really works and worth repurchasing.


Hello, beautiful reader,

Ever since I saw it on an in flight catalog, I've been secretly longing for a long time to have a Lancome YSL or Dior makeup travel palette. It's really cute and dreamy. Finally, my husband gifted me this from Duty Free when I came back from my travel abroad. It costs around PhP 3,000. I was ecstatic and I also searched online for more info regarding this. My wish fulfilled- Lancome Absolu Voyage-

What I liked

  • Beautiful Packaging
  • Rich Colors
  • Shades perfect for my light skin tone
  • With a GWP- little white bag
  • Good brushes
  • Quality product made in France
  • Comes with a black pouch with a little rose that protects the casing
  • Complete- all you need
  • The mascara made my eyelashes more defined and it was a clean look, but not dramatically- no mega volume and extreme length
  • It has magnetic enclosure. Open and close with ease
What I didn't like
  • I should have chosen the regular one 'cause I had many of these eyeshadow colors (pinks, grays) but not browns
  • Expensive
  • Looking at the powder compact in the pan it looks grainy like a sandpaper (and no long oil control ) see pic below
  • The lippies dried my lips or maybe 'cause it's cold season during the time it chapped my lips (but my lips never peeled, only when I used this) or maybe cause the lip brush becomes stiff with wax on it so kind of exfoliated my lips
  • The lip and eye pencil were super small and thin that it was almost impossible to sharpen and can't use it cause it breaks
  • There's a product name and description on the box but I don't know to which of the products in the kit it belongs (i.e., which is which). Better if they made the inner plastic protection inside instead of rose print when you lay it, there should be a label indicating the names atop the products.
  • Did not see a manufacturing or expiration date
  • Maybe just my imagination, but when I use the brush to apply eyeshadow, I can't distinguish the color-just sparkles and glitters. But when I use a sponge applicator, the color shows ex- pink looks pink
Will I repurchase? Although its too beautiful and complete,  I'd like to try their other kits or one from another high end brand.

Thanks for reading.
 Love, peace and blessings!